The way things are shaping up for Villanova, they're going to use two more scholarships this during this current cycle (if they can get the players they want) in addition to the already committed Donte DiVincenzo and Tim Delaney. For the sake of conversation, let's assume that one of those scholarships is being held back for Chris Silva, who is planning to commit on September 19th. If he becomes a Wildcat, he'll join Delaney in addressing a massive hole in the frontcourt.
That leaves the three-headed monster that is developing for Wright in the backcourt. He's deeply involved with three of the best guards in the 2015 class in Jalen Brunson, Isaiah Briscoe, and Donovan Mitchell, and a fourth in Bryant Crawford who has already visited and publicly talked about 'Nova being after him the hardest along with a couple of other schools.
And let's not get ahead of ourselves - it's unfortunately a distinct possibility that Jay Wright strikes out with everyone and ends up with nothing. Recent history would suggest the best of the best prefer to ply their trade elsewhere at the basketball factories that guarantee playing time and an NBA draft pick. Nevertheless, let's break down each prospect quickly:
Jalen Brunson - 6'1" | 175 lbs.
The Chicago native is the quintessential 'make everyone around him better' guard. He's consistently talked about as the best pure point guard in the class, but his scoring ability to go along with the quarterbacking skills is what makes him so attractive for 'Nova. Wright's motion offense would perfectly suit Brunson's game, giving him the ability to make the pass or finish off the play himself when handling the ball. Brunson has three official visits scheduled, so we should have more clarity on his decision timeline in early to mid-September.
Isaiah Briscoe - 6'3" | 215 lbs.
While he labels himself as a point guard, Briscoe's biggest asset is his siz. e and ability to score the ball. He willed his NJ Playaz team to the Peach Jam title last month and was the central scoring force along the way. While he can handle the rock, I think he projects better off the ball - something Villanova will be looking for with the graduation of Darrun Hilliard. His recruitment is complicated by the fact that he won't decide on his college destination until the spring - but his father has stated he wants him staying closer to home.
Donovan Mitchell - 6'2" | 180 lbs.
The fastest riser over the summer, Mitchell has blown up after admitting to himself and the media that he wasn't working as hard as he could. Since he flipped the switch, he's dominated at every event he's attended, leading to multiple elite offers and a likely 5-star ranking when the next update comes. Of all the guards Wright is chasing, he looks to best fit the recent trend of under the radar prospects who show the best underlying qualities of hard work that have put Villanova back on track. Popular theory suggest Mitchell could be the first guard to make a commitment based on his visit schedule.
Bryant Crawford - 6'2" | 170 lbs.
The forgotten man of sorts, Crawford unofficially visited campus and spoke positively about the family atmosphere and culture that Jay Wright has created on the Main Line. He's also said that Villanova has been one of the schools recruiting him the hardest for a while, so it's clear that Crawford is still in Jay Wright's master plan. Crawford is more in the mold of Brunson - he's a pure point guard who can also score the ball when needed. He's very athletic and uses that speed to dominate at times. He's also the former HS teammate of Kris Jenkins.